We Have The Ball:
- Comfortable in Possession.
- To be able to play out from the back.
- To possess the ball and switch the point of attack.
- Center backs are the players closest to the goal, meaning, they have to be very technical on the ball, always receiving the ball with the inside of their foot. Looking to make clean and safe passes, without putting players in dangerous positions with the ball.
- Willingness to Receive the Ball.
- Confident in keeping possession, upon receiving the ball at their feet.
- Allows the team to have options while keeping the ball in possession.
- The awareness of open space to receive the ball in. (usually from a supporting position. or a position to where the team is building out from the back starting with the keeper.
- Good Distribution.
- To progress the ball going forward through the units on the field.
- To be able to quickly recycle and switch the point of attack, to create numbers up opportunities.
- Able to play a longer more diagonal ball into a wide player who is in space.
They Have The Ball:
- To cover ground quickly, upon loss of possession.
- Able to drop quickly and slide from side to side with the back line.
- To keep up with the opposing team’s fast center forward.
- Good 1v1.
- Doesn’t stab or jump into a tackle right away.
- Delays the attacker with the ball and waits for a heavy touch, then step in and win possession of the ball.
- Body shape while defending forces the player with the ball into help.
- Never going into a challenge flat footed or square.
- Angle of approach, distance of approach and awareness of support and cover from your teammates.
- Good Anticipation of Ball Pathway.
- To be able to read the pass and step in to make an interception, before it gets to the opponent.
- Always looking at the ball.
- Using your peripheral vision to keep an eye on the center forward’s positioning.
- Alert to Dangerous Situations.
- Awareness of where our goal is.
- Able to react, recover, make a quick challenge or contest a shot, in or around the 18yd box.
- Defending a numbers down counter attack, being smart and taking away the supporting player and delaying the player with the ball.
Being a Fremont YSC Center Back:
- Comfortable in Possession
- Willingness to Receive the Ball
- Good Distribution
- Good 1v1
- Good Anticipation of Ball Pathway
- Alert to Dangerous Situations